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Link: • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 2 April 1764 n.s.
Dated 2 Aprilis die 1764. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.


Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
supposes that Linnaeus has received Jacob Lí AdmiralísL´Admiral, Jacob
(1700-1770). Dutch. Engraver and
illustrator of plants and insects.
book on insects [Naauwkeurige WaarneemingenL´Admiral, Jacob
Naauwkeurige Waarneemingen van Veele
Gestaltverwisselende Gekorvene
(Amsterdam, [1740]).
] that he sent through Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
some months ago. He enclosed a note specifying how much the Academy should pay. LíAdmiral has taken upon himself to send the remaining illustrations that he will publish. If they are not more than a hundred, the Academy does not need to pay any extra. Burman had earlier discussed one of the depicted insects with Linnaeus, and LíAdmiral had told him that this insect could only be found in one place in Surinam inside a wooden fence. Though he appreciated it much, he sold it to a Frenchman.

The Burmans recently received the second part of Linnaeus Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
and they were very pleased to read it seeing that Linnaeus has not forgotten them though they have not received any letter from him nor from his son for a year.

Around the end of March year Burman sent a part of all the seeds that Peter ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had sent for the Amsterdam garden. Burman also sent some Cape seeds that he had received that year and other seeds that he thought would please Linnaeus, but he does not know if Linnaeus has received them. Did the shoots that Linnaeusís man Lars [Lars BrobergBroberg, Lars Swedish.
Gardener at the Uppsala University
Botanical Garden.
] brought from the Burman garden to Uppsala please him?

Around the end of November Burman had an occasion to send some Cape bulbs with Niclas HasselgrenHasselgren, Niclas (1714-1773).
Swedish. Wholesale dealer, Stockholm.
on his way to Sweden. When they flower Burman hopes that Linnaeus will remember the one who sent them.

The Burmans have received a lot of new plants, among others Geranium and Oxalis, and a herbarium with plants they have not seen before, including Geranium spinosum and the pericarp of Geranium grandiflorum deserving, according to the ten styles, a place between Phytolacca and Neurada and to be separated from Geranium.

Burman sends another new plant that seems to grow in clayey, moist and marshy soil. Burman thinks it is similar to Drosera.

Burman encloses some leaves of both plants with fructification and asks for Linnaeusís opinion.

This winter Burman has tried to make the Indian Flora that comes before his Cape one [the Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
was published in 1768, to which was addedhis work on the Cape flora]. He intends to publish it in the summer. He is still working on some plates to be added to the book. Some plants have never been described or drawn earlier, and Burman asks Linnaeus if he would examine them.

The Burmans are delighted to open every day Linnaeusís sixth part of the Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
that they received recently. Every night they read a dissertation and they are most grateful seeing references to them in the book, and Burman assures Linnaeus that he will never forget this kindness.

In the autumn Burman will make a new edition of his Geranium book [Burman refers to his dissertation, Specimen botanicum de geraniisBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Specimen botanicum de geraniis
(Leiden 1759).
], and he asks Linnaeus to send any new species that he may have received and new observations.

Burman asks Linnaeus to send a list of African plants missing from his herbarium. Burman will send specimens of those he has in duplicate.

Recently the Burmans again received seeds collected in Arabia from Forsskål and Burman heard from the Danish ambassador that Forsskål would send the same amount of seeds to Sweden. Burman hopes that Forsskål will go to the Cape of Good Hope. Burmanís father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has recommended him to the governor [C. Rijk TulbaghTulbagh, C. Rijk (1699-1771).
Dutch. Governor at the Cape in 1751. He
sent plants, bulbs and seeds to Linnaeus
in 1761. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

On May 15, there will be an auction of the Lamberger library. The professor died last year and his widow possesses a large collection of insects, in particular exotic and native butterflies, and another collection of conchylia. Both collections are for sale. Pieter CamperCamper, Pieter (1722-1789).
Dutch. Professor at Franeker, after that
in Amsterdam and in 1763 at Groningen.
will succeed the deceased. He was earlier professor of anatomy in Amsterdam but not experienced in natural history, which he used to despise. Now he has taken care of this discipline too, so that he can live in the house owned by the garden, and he has publicly declared that he will end his medical demonstrations.

Johann David HahnHahn, Johann David (1729-1784).
Dutch. Professor of philosophy, physics
and astronomy, botany and chemistry,
Utrecht. Professor of medicine, Leiden.
declined the chair offered at the University of Göttingen this winter, even though at an increased honorarium.


a. (LS, II, 516-517). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 238-240   p.238  p.239  p.240.